Shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii) is a smooth, dense butter extracted from the fruit of the Karite tree – or Tree of Life – indigenous to Africa. High in vitamin E and a variety of natural vitamins and acids, it soothes, hydrates and revitalises hair and body. Anti-inflammatory properties can tame dry skin and scalp while its non-greasy texture can soften and enliven greasy or brittle hair. We source our hand-processed shea butter from the CMA women cooperative in Tamale.
Fact drop: Shea butter is nicknamed “Women’s gold” as women lead in its cultivation. The gold coloured fat provides a substantial portion of women’s income across West Africa.